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For the fifth year in a row, the College Board named Lake Washington School District (LWSD) to its Annual AP District Honor Roll. LWSD is one of only 373 public school districts in the United States and Canada and one of four in Washington state to be honored. Lake Washington is one of two districts in the state to be a multi-year recipient of the AP Honor Roll Award.

At its December 3 meeting, Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD) Board of Directors passed Resolution No. 2259 to place a Capital Projects Levy on the April 23, 2019 ballot. This measure, if passed, authorizes a six-year levy totaling $120 million or an average of $20 million per year for six years. 

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    2017-18 Newsletters

    • June 2018
      • A message from Paul Vine: Transitions
      • Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities
      • Special Services Program Review - 5 Year Action Plan
      • OSPI's Washington's Integrated System of Monitoring Onsite Visit Summary Report
      • Please Note: WISM Parent Survey Update
      • Summer Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities
      • 2017-2018 PTSA Special Needs Group Meetings
    • May 2018
      • A message from Paul Vine
      • Lake Washington School District Superintendent Search Focus Group for LWPTSA Council Special Needs Parent Group
      • Update: Washington's Integrated System of Monitoring Summary Review Report (WISM)
      • Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities
      • Seattle Children's Parent Support Program is offering a Support Caregiver
      • Special Services Program Review - 5 Year Action Plan
      • Disability Awareness
      • Summer Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities
      • PTSA SNG Meetings and Child Care Support
      • Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meetings
    • April 2018:
      • A message from Paul Vine
      • Update: Washington's Integrated System of Monitoring (WISM) Onsite Review
      • Resources for parents of students with disabilities
      • Special Services Program Review - 5 year action plan
      • Featured article: April is Autism Awareness Month
      • Inspirational clip of the month: World Down's Syndrome Day was on March 21
      • New and updated resources from Seattle Children's Center for Children with Special Needs
      • PTSA SNG meetings and child care support
      • Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group meetings
    • March 2018:
      • Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Monitoring of Special Education
      • Preschool to Kindergarten Night
      • Special Services Program Review - 5 Year Action Plan
      • Featured Article: The Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea will be held March 9 to 18, 2018
      • Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities
      • Office of the Education Ombuds - February 23, 2018
      • OSPI's Washington Integrated System of Monitoring (WISM)
      • PTSA Council Special Needs Group Resources
      • PTSA SNG Meetings and Child Care Support
      • Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meetings
      • Save the Date: Mark your calendar for the 2017-18 PTSA Special Needs Group Meetings
    • February 2018:
      A Message from Paul Vine - Community Resource Fair on Feb. 20; Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities; Featured Article: "Akron Zoo becomes just second in country to be designated sensory inclusive"; PTSA SNG Meetings and Child Care Support; Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meeting; Save the Date: PTSA Special Needs Group Meetings
    • January 2018:
      A Message from Paul Vine; Parent & Family Advisory Opportunity; Special Services Program Review - 5 Year Action Plan; Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities; Featured Article: "Bakery's secret ingredient is uplifting people with special needs"; Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meetings; Save the Date: PTSA Special Needs Group Meetings
    • December 2017:
      A Message from Paul Vine - Happy Winter Break! Special Services Program Review - 5 Year Action Plan; PTSA SNG Meeting and Child Care Support; Community Services Highlight: Community Services for people with disabilities; Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities; Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meeting; Save the Date: PTSA Special Needs Group Meetings
    • November 2017:
      A Message from Paul Vine; OSPI News - Rescinding of Federal Guidance Regarding IDEA; Spotlight and Highlights; Special Services Program Review - 5 Year Action Plan (Assistive Technology Objectives Update); New LWSD Website: Special Services; Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities; PTSA Special Needs Liaisons; Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meeting; Save the Date: PTSA Special Needs Group Meetings
    • September 2017:
      Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year; New LWSD Website; Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities; October is National Disabilities Awareness Month; Welcome New Special Education Certificated Staff; Ladder of Support; LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group (SNG); LWPTSA Council Special Needs Liaison Recruitment; Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meetings; Child Care is available during our meeting time; Save the Date

    2016-17 Newsletters

    • July 2017:
      Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meetings 2017-18; LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Parent Survey; Travel plans this summer? You can't miss this article from CNN!; Community Care Summer Camp; Monthly Ask an Ombuds Hour
    • March/April 2017:
      April is Autism Awareness Month: Museum Exhibit at Museum of Special Art; The Arc of King County – Preparing for Transition to Middle School; Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meetings; Save the Date: Mark your calendar for this upcoming PTSA Special Needs Group Meetings; Monthly Ask an Ombuds Hour

    • March 2017:
      Special Education Program Review: Board Linkage Follow-up; Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meetings; Save the Date: Mark your calendar for these next upcoming PTSA Special Needs Group Meetings; NEW! Launching Monthly Ask an Ombuds Hour
    • January 2017:
      Welcome Back! Linkage Session Feedback and Notes; Upcoming LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Meetings
    • August 2016:
      Welcome Debbie Wagner, Associate Director of Special Services - Lake Washington Learning Community; Important Health Information Reminders; Special Services Program Review Update; Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities; October is National Disabilities Awareness Month; LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group/Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

    Special Services News

    Mead students experience reading with a simulated vision disability

    What does it feel like to have a disability? The Margaret Mead Elementary School PTSA wanted students to be able to empathize with their peers who face mobility, learning or other challenges. As part of Disability Awareness Month, they set up a Disability Awareness Fair with eight learning stations.